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"Hoye is a deliberate narrator who maintains a steady, forceful pace as he recounts the many challenges Maric encounters through battles and ordeals against strong odds." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of AmnTM, Star Wars ®: Knights of the Old Republic TM, and Neverwinter Nights TM.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Age
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter A Smith on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow. What a surprise.

This is a prequel novel to the upcoming video game Dragon Age: Origins, by Bioware. I was reading it more to `get in the mood' for the game than anything, and I had very low expectations, to be honest. And I was blown away.

I'm giving it 4 stars, and that is judging it against all fantasy, not against "pre-generated world" fantasy (novels based on games, movies, tv series, etc). Within that sub-genre it's a 5 star book, easily.

As the story begins, a cruel usurper sits on the throne of Ferelden, and the Rebel Queen has been betrayed and murdered. The only member left of the royal family is young Maric, a charming but slightly inept princeling, now on the run for his life. He soon teams up with a young commoner named Loghain, and the two set off to reunite with the rebel army, and begin the daunting challenge of trying to push the usurper from his ill-gained throne.

There's a bit of game-ness to the book here and there as character classes are mentioned, but it isn't very intrusive and if you didn't know it was a game-prequel novel, you might not even notice it.

The story has everything you could ask for in a fantasy. A noble, seemingly impossible quest, great battles, characters who feel very real, and who interact in ways that also feel very human. A smattering of magic and strange creatures. Joy and pain, victory and defeat. All written with genuine emotion.

A nice change of pace is the way elves are handled, and particularly elves, who are definitely second class citizens in this world, scraping by working as servants and living in squalid quarters of most cities.

All in all, a very, very enjoyable read, and a very 'self-contained' novel.
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I've never been much of a gamer, yet the "Dragon Age" series captured my interest and kept me playing for hours. It seemed the perfect blend of high fantasy and RPG. When I learned that there were tie-in novels written by the games' lead writer, I eagerly tracked down the first installment and tore into it. Sadly, I was far from impressed with "The Stolen Throne." Spoilers follow.

The novel is a prequel to "Dragon Age: Origins" and opens with young Prince Maric fleeing his mother's killers. With the Rebel Queen now dead, the responsibility of overthrowing the Orlesian usurper and reclaiming Ferelden's throne falls to Maric...if he can survive. He meets Loghain, the stoic leader of a rebel group, and is reunited with Rowan, his bride-to-be since birth. With their help, Maric organizes a rag-tag army challenge the Orlesians, growing into his role as Ferelden's next rightful ruler in the process.

Fans of the game are treated to familiar settings and characters along the way; the heroes scramble through the Becillian Forest, encounter Flemeth, traverse the Deep Roads, and align with the Legion of the Dead to give a few examples. We also meet new characters in the form of Katriel, a hired elven bard from Orlais, Meghren, the incapable figurehead placed on Ferelden's throne, and Severan, a conniving mage and Meghren's duplicitous advisor.

Honestly, if you're familiar with fantasy at all, the story presented here is hardly new. In fact, it's something of a staple in the genre: a young, naïve protagonist faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge and must join forces with others while growing into an unfamiliar role to defeat evil and save the day.
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I am new to the Dragon Age world, and so for me this filled in some of the history behind the games. I have played all three games and love them. I would have given the book a better rating but it was hard to start, the beginning was slow, once you got towards the middle it picked up. When I enjoy a book I usually can't put it down until I am done reading it even if it means I stay up all night. I put this one down for a whole month before I went back to finish it, so for me the book was okay.
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I'm a little late to the series and just recently finished playing the first two Dragon Age games and was hoping to get some insight on King Maric and some of the events preceding the games. I don't claim to be great at reviewing so this is just me giving my opinion...While it did help to fill in some things I was curious about, I was somewhat disappointed that the final battle/climax of the story was skipped. Bam! Like someone slammed the door shut before the end of the story... I also had trouble accepting this friendship between Maric and Loghain. It seemed Maric was relying heavily on Loghain because he lacked confidence and wanted him to stay and that's how their friendship developed but was it really friendship? Apparently handing out titles will go a long way in buying friends like Loghain. Basically this is about how Maric had to grow up and lose his naivety through his experiences and I wondered why he was so naive to begin with. It's not like he was raised in luxury and pampered and shielded from the world. You are left at times to draw your own conclusions like why Katriel flip/flops?... oh I guess it's because she fell in love? The book didn't convince me and I found myself despising this character for reasons I am not sure. And how could Maric be so trusting and naive of a stranger during a time when he is literally being hunted for his life. I also felt Rowan was a bit underdeveloped and she could have been so much more but mostly I was very curious about Loghain and there is somewhat of a disconnect between his character in this book and in the game. You do see some of this true colors coming out here and there and maybe how he came to be how he was in Origins. It seemed some parts of the story went on and on and others never fully developed. All in all at least I got the pre-story of Origins which is what I was after and I may delve into a few of the other books to find out if there is more to be learned.
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